I love sandwiches. For a while I had been on a suprisingly difficult search for a "Dennis." The Dennis had never entered my mind before my friend, Brendan, introduced it to me. His co-worker, Dennis, has ordered the same sandwich from a deli in Long Island so many times that they've decided to put it on the menu as The Dennis. What an honor--how many stout, burly men have only dreamed of having a grand sandwich named after them and then consummated on a menu? Too many. Far and few between have achieved such a feat.
A Dennis consists of: chicken cutlet on a hero with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar or pesto. How can you go wrong with that combination? Not possible, it's a work of pure, infallible, logic. Basically, it takes cold antipasto and combines it with chicken cutlets on a sandwich--thank you, Dennis--you are an alchemist of sandwichry.
The reason why it was difficult to find this sandwich is because a lot of the corner delis in Manhattan don't carry fresh mozzarella or prosciutto. You have to find a legitimate Italian deli in order to get a sandwich like this and be content. Parisi, is as good as it gets in downtown Manhattan. It's a small deli in Little Italy that's only open early in the day--you'll see why. During lunch hours the place is swamped and it has a very definitive family-owned and local feel.
You'll see all the regulars on their breaks coming to get gigantic heroes of all sorts and making small talk with the sweet, amiable woman and the gruff-looking, but overall nice guy sandwich-makers. All their ingredients are fresh and the breads are all freshly made as well. You'd really have to have a stick up your ass to complain about the service and quality of food here. Depending on what kind of sandwich you get you can expect to get a colossal amount of food for $7-$9.
Note: Apparently Saigon Sandwich gets their baguettes from here, which explains why they are awesome compared to other Saigon Sandwiches in other cities.
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